Reuben Rose International Competition
The competitions usually opens in mid-July and the submission period runs for three months, until mid-October 2022. We are usually able to announce the results in the first half of December of that year.
Please scroll down to see the rules and, during the submission period, a button to enter the competition.
First prize $500, second prize $150, third prize $50. Ten honorable mentions are awarded.
Prizewinners and all honorable mentions are published in the Voices Israel Poetry Anthology of the following year (e.g. winners and honorable mentions of the 2021 competition will be published in the 2022 Anthology). Online versions of the winning poems are also posted here on our website. They can be accessed by year from the top menu, above, or by clicking here.
Please note: Poems published on this Voices Israel website and files linked to it, including in our newsletters, competition announcements, and workshop chapbooks, are sole copyright of the poets themselves. Voices Israel expressly does not give permission for reproduction or syndication elsewhere without the poets' written permission.
The 2022 competition is now closed for submissions. It will next open on July 15, 2023.
The judges for the 2022 competition are:
- Yiskah Rosenfeld - the 2021 First Prize winner.
- Reuven Goldfarb - winner of an Honorable Mention in the 2021 competition.
- Yehoshua November - International Judge for 2022.
Requirements for Entries
Anyone, anywhere may submit.
Line limit per poem: 41 lines, including any stanza breaks, dedication, epigraph, etc., but not including the title. Lines that are too long to fit on one page line using a standard 12-pt font will be counted as two lines.
Please do not use unconventional formatting (such as tilting words, inserting symbols, mixing font sizes, etc.).
We do not accept illustrations. Any included with the submitted poems will be discarded.
Poems must be in English and previously unpublished, in print or online, and must remain unpublished until the list of winners is e-mailed to the entrants. Inclusion in the monthly Voices Israel newsletter or in a chapbook from Voices Israel workshops is not considered publication.
Poems are judged anonymously - without the poets’ names. Please make sure that your name appears only on the Submission page, not anywhere in the file you send or in the file's name. Failure to observe this rule may result in your inability to enter the competition.
No poet may win more than one prize or Honorable Mention in the same year's competition - i.e. among the 13 winners, no poet will be included more than once.
We retain a non-exclusive right to publish and republish the winning poems and honorable mentions in all media, while the poet retains copyright and can also republish after the winners are announced.
All poems must be submitted and entry fees paid via the online submissions service, Submittable. If you find you are unable to use the Submittable.com website, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
US$6.00 for 1 poem
US$12.00 for 3 poems
US$18.00 for 6 poems.
A button linking to the entry form on Submittable will appear here when the submission period is next open.